Sandra A. Forbes

Partner

Sandra A. Forbes

Sandra A. Forbes

Partner

“Stellar. She gives strong arguments in court, is extremely well known and well trusted in the community in Canada, and can get work done on the joint defence side.” (In-house Counsel – Chambers Canada 2017)

Sandra specializes in corporate, class action, securities and competition litigation. A significant portion of her practice involves defending clients in national and cross-border class actions. Sandra acts for clients before all levels of court and various administrative tribunals, including the Competition Tribunal, in Canada.

Known to be hard-working and dedicated, Sandra achieves successful results for clients on diverse issues, including class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct or collusion, and competition matters such as abuse of dominance. Clients trust Sandra to provide creative advice, with one client stating that she is a “terrific litigator with a great reputation. Completely reliable, pragmatic, realistic, efficient, effective and amazingly quick on her feet. She knows when to fight and when to settle.” (Chambers Global 2014)

Sandra is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and former president of the Advocates’ Society.

Sandra A. Forbes

Partner

“Stellar. She gives strong arguments in court, is extremely well known and well trusted in the community in Canada, and can get work done on the joint defence side.” (In-house Counsel – Chambers Canada 2017)

Sandra specializes in corporate, class action, securities and competition litigation. A significant portion of her practice involves defending clients in national and cross-border class actions. Sandra acts for clients before all levels of court and various administrative tribunals, including the Competition Tribunal, in Canada.

Known to be hard-working and dedicated, Sandra achieves successful results for clients on diverse issues, including class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct or collusion, and competition matters such as abuse of dominance. Clients trust Sandra to provide creative advice, with one client stating that she is a “terrific litigator with a great reputation. Completely reliable, pragmatic, realistic, efficient, effective and amazingly quick on her feet. She knows when to fight and when to settle.” (Chambers Global 2014)

Sandra is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and former president of the Advocates’ Society.

Denso Corporation

Acting for Denso Corporation (and related entities) in its defence of dozens of class actions commenced across Canada alleging anti-competitive conduct in respect of the sale of various automotive parts, including contested certification proceedings and with respect to cross-border issues arising out of parallel U.S. class actions.

LG Chem America, Inc.

Acting for LG Chem America, Inc. in its defence of multiple class actions commenced across Canada alleging anti-competitive behaviour in the market for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, including contested certification proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal.

Canadian Real Estate Association

Acting for the Canadian Real Estate Association, an intervenor in proceedings brought by the Commissioner of Competition against the Toronto Real Estate Board, including a hearing and rehearing before the Competition Tribunal in 2012 and 2015, and an appeal currently pending before the Federal Court of Appeal. Issues include privacy rights of consumers, copyright protection in property information databases and whether certain rules on the display of certain property information on portions of an internet website amounted to abuse of dominance.

Hearing Panel of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Acting as counsel to the Hearing Panel of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board in the proceeding which will determine whether Soliris, a break-through medicine, is excessively priced.

General Motors Financial

Acting for General Motors Financial in defending a class action claiming damages resulting from an alleged privacy breach concerning customer information.

LG Electronics

Acting for LG Electronics in its defence of multiple class actions commenced across Canada alleging price fixing in respect of the sales of Optical Disk Drive products, including contested certification proceedings before the British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

Mars, Incorporated

Acted for Mars Canada in defence of criminal proceedings under the Competition Act alleging charges of price-fixing of chocolate confectionery products in Canada.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Acted as co-counsel for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in respect of trade-mark claims and antitrust defences against certain provincial Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant institutes in Federal Court.

Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation

Acted for the Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation in closely watched trial and appellate arbitration proceedings that were held in public in New Brunswick concerning the ownership of numerous valuable works of art acquired by the Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation between 1954 and 1965 that are currently housed at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton. This case was the subject of extensive media coverage throughout Canada, including a lengthy book written by a reporter from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Agricore United

Acted for Agricore United in a proceeding brought by the Commissioner of Competition before the Competition Tribunal arising out of the acquisition by United Grain Growers of Agricore Cooperative.

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, The Law Society of Upper Canada, “The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator”; Toronto, ON; Annual

Sept. 15, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2016 Annual Winkler/IAM/Osgoode Professional Development Conference on Mediation, “The Unsettleable Case – Counsel’s Perspective”; Toronto, ON

May 12, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development’s 13th National Symposium on Class Actions, “Carts Before Horses? The Latest on Pre-Certification Motions”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 21, 2016

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, Competition Law for Advocates Program, “Advocacy in Civil Competition Matters”; Toronto, ON

Mar. 07, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Panelist and Demo, The Advocates’ Society, Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program: Examining and Cross-examining Experts, “Practical Tips for Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination of an Expert”; Toronto, ON

Feb. 09, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair and moderator, The Advocates’ Society, “Putting Theory into Practice: Exercising Professionalism and Civility”; Toronto, ON

Dec. 10, 2015

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Section Fall Conference, “Disclosure and Privilege in the Practice of Competition Law in Canada”; Ottawa, ON; Oct. 01 & 02, 2015

Oct. 01, 2015

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, The Law Society of Upper Canada, “The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator”; Toronto, ON; Annual

Sept. 18, 2015

American College of Trial Lawyers—Fellow

International Academy of Trial Lawyers—Fellow

Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Class Actions; Competition Law; Litigation: Corporate Commercial

The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Litigation: Class Actions; Litigation: Competition Law; Litigation: Corporate/Commercial

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Competition Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Litigation: Corporate Commercial (Most Frequently Recommended); Litigation: Securities; Litigation: Directors’ & Officers’ Liability; Class Actions (Most Frequently Recommended)

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust: Litigators (Band 1); Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust: Litigators (Band 1); Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence); Dispute Resolution: Ontario

GCR 100 Canada: A Guide to the World’s Leading Competition Law and Economics Practices—Competition and Foreign Investment Review

Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation—Top 25 Women in Litigation: Canada

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Competition (Litigation Star); General Commercial (Litigation Star)

The Legal 500 Canada—Dispute Resolution: Ontario

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Class Action Litigation; Competition/Antitrust Law; Corporate and Commercial Litigation

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Commercial Litigation; Who’s Who Legal: Competition—Lawyers

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1992

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1990
Clerk, The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Cory, Supreme Court of Canada

Professional Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Board Memberships

The Advocates’ Society, former director and former president
Ontario Reports, Editorial Board

Community Involvement

Toronto Summer Music Festival, director

Teaching Engagements

Sandra is an adjunct professor in advanced advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a frequent participant in education programs for lawyers on a variety of advocacy issues.